A killer tsunami has devastated Japan and has now hit Hawaii and the west coast. But just last month, congress republicans voted to gut funding for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a cut that will cripple the National Weather Service‘s ability to issue warnings about such disasters.
In February, the union representing the National Weather Service warned that the Republican cuts could place the residents of Hawaii in mortal danger.
“People could die It could be serious,” said Barry Hirshorn, of the Pacific National Weather Service Employees Organization.
The Obama administration is threatening to veto the cut, and Congressional Democrats have called it a “reckless” means of forwarding a political agenda.
“Those who claim that global warming is a myth find the hard data produced by such monitoring inconvenient,” Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told the Star Advertiser.
No doubt in my mind this reduction is fully backed by the Koch brother’s and Tea Party Lawmaker’s. Anything with the word’s Climate change or Global warming usually is.
By stopping funding for climate change, they get a bigger subsidy. Also allows them to “Drill Baby Drill.”
Let’s hope Japan’s tsunami may serve as a wake-up call to Congress’ budget-slashing legislators. Cutting a program that helps protect the lives of American citizens is not a good idea.
Seems Climate Change is in full swing causing natural disasters all over the Planet. Now is not the time to be cutting our National Weather Service’s funding.
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